SOUNDTRACK '63 Comes to The Contemporary Arts Center Tonight

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The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) and Junebug Productions announce Soundtrack '63, a multi-media, live music performance that takes the audience back in time with a cultural and artistic retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement from 1963 to the Black Lives Matter Movement, allowing a modern audience to re-think, re-new, and re-mix their conceptions of the past into the present day.

"The music of 1963 was the soundtrack to a transformation. It inspired generations of African descendants to reclaim their humanity. The spirituals of the past brought faith and courage; pop tunes were an escape from harsh realities; and truth-tellers sang with a soulful defiance that electrified the Civil Rights Movement. The music of '63 still resonates with piercing clarity." -- Chen Lo, Soul Science Lab Creative Director, Curator of Soundtrack '63

Originally produced by 651 ARTS and developed by Creative Director Chen Lo, Soundtrack '63 premiered in 2013 as part of the Movement '63 series. This performance of Soundtrack '63 will feature the untold and under-told stories of New Orleans' civil rights history. It includes performances by local artists alongside commentary by Dr. Cornel West and Sonia Sanchez, and performances by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets.

This 3-screen multi-media installation, live music, and edutainment retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement is an incredible cultural and artistic experience that takes you on a journey from the continent through milestone events in African-American history through compelling images, video, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and poetry.

With the performances centered amidst the Martin Luther King Day weekend, featured guest performances of Soundtrack '63 include Troy Sawyer, Shaka Zulu, McDonogh 35 Senior High School Gospel Choir, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, and Sunni Patterson.

Soundtrack '63 at the CAC is presented in collaboration with Junebug Productions and Soul Science Lab. Originally commissioned and produced by 651 ARTS. Visit cacno.org to purchase tickets and to get more information about related programs and special events. Advance Tickets: $35 General Admission | $25 CAC Members Day of Show: $40 General Admission | $30 CAC Members. Buy Online: cacno.org | Buy at CAC Box Office: 504.528.3800.

The mission of Junebug Productions is to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. Through interrogation, we challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.

LAB Soul Science Lab (SSL) is a Brooklyn based arts and entertainment company that cultivates, distributes and showcases creative, educational and cultural products. The company mission is to build a unique lifestyle brand of commercially viable media (music, video, events, merchandise and workshops) that serve global communities.

The mission of 651 ARTS is to deepen awareness of and appreciation for contemporary performing arts and culture of the African Diaspora, and to provide professional and creative opportunities for performing artists of African descent.

TheContemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. Formed in 1976 by a passionate group of visual and performing artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide, the CAC expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs that educate and enlarge audiences for the arts while encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.



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